Ghosts in Penang: Paying The Ferryman.

A spooky stay in Penang. 

You might already ask yourselves what’s with the title about ghosts in Penang?

I will definitely tell you about it but not now because you’ll need to follow the journey we had from when we arrived to the Pearl of the Orient until our last day there.

It was one of those long weekend holiday where we decided to take a drive up north to Penang Island. There were 6 of us and we squeezed into two Toyota Vios with multiple snacks and drinks on our laps to keep us entertained throughout the 4 hours drive.

From the city the view changed to palm oil estate and natural caves as we reached Perak and then it changed back to view with factories and industrial alike.

We have reached Georgetown, Penang finally.

Driving into the ferry.

Yes that’s right! Instead of paying the RM7 toll and drive the across the Penang bridge we took the ferry again but drove into it with our cars. The last time I went onto the ferry was when I was 7 years old and I vaguely remembered what happened back then. This felt pretty different.

We paid RM7.70 to get into the ferry and queue accordingly. There were more than 3 lanes and one specially dedicated to the two wheelers. It was quite systematic. The officer could even remember which row came first or which row was last when he directed us into the ferry. It wasn’t a long wait surprisingly.

It felt like Titanic only on a smaller scale.

Once we were on the ferry, we were allowed to come out from our cars and let the strong wind blow our faces like a scene from Titanic. We could see the Penang Bridge looking tiny from where we were. While enjoying the view, the car alarms kept on going off because of the rocky waters. It sounded like a bad version of Bach playing in the background.

Finally we were off the ferry and headed to where we would stay for the next few days, Paradise Sandy Beach Resort in Batu Feringghi.

It looked pretty old from the outside.

I guess some hotels and resorts were maintained well but this one looked like it needed a bit of new paint. However going up to our room which was at the far end of the wing, the room turned out okay even though there was a bit of a musky smell to it. I would like to state at this point that I didn’t feel comfortable upon entering the room but because it was an apartment with two rooms, we just stuck with it.

There was a balcony with an amazing view of the sea and it looked like it was endless. Looking down I saw people in their bathing suits and floats getting ready to wade into the water. The sand was white as pearl and the weather is just nice to make a girl tanned.

The view of the beautiful water from the balcony of Paradise Sandy Beach Resort.

The view of the beautiful water from the balcony of Paradise Sandy Beach Resort.

Sunrise & sunset would be pretty lovely here.

Sunrise & sunset would be pretty lovely here.

The guest room.

The guest room.

That room.

There’s two rooms in the apartment and it comes with a nice kitchen, dining area & living room. It also comes with TV, air-cond and refrigerator too.

However at this point I will need to share with you that there is a slight musky and eerie feeling to the place. Normally before I enter a hotel room, I’d knock on the door first, give salam and then open the door. This time, we just opened the door straight away. The feeling when I stepped inside was just weird. I also used the toilet but I was very silent because of this feeling I had when I entered the room.

Did I tell you that one of us could see spirits? It was one of those things that happen when your ‘third eye’ is strong and you could actually sense or see ‘them’. While we were using the common bathroom outside, he decided to use the bathroom in the master bedroom. He zipped into the bathroom and came out like two seconds later to go to the outside bathroom instead.

Why? He didn’t say. We kept it at that and left the room to explore Penang.

About Yafieda Jamil

A Malaysian girl currently working abroad in Phnom Penh city. I love a good road trip, hot cappuccinos, spicy food and staring at old buildings. My mission is to inspire people to see the world differently before we all get any older. Oh and giraffes are the most beautiful creatures on earth.

8 Responses to Ghosts in Penang: Paying The Ferryman.

  1. Fie-Nuts says:

    No No. Oh-em-gee. For all the readers out there, 'pontianak' is a lady who sucks on blood and they're pretty scary creatures. Trekking in Taman Negara can be tricky but if you have a guide I think there's no issues of getting lost. 🙂

  2. phat_lee says:

    hehehe…dah selalu jugak la rasa & nampak…

    belum cerita masa trekking @ Taman Negara. Hutan yang orang x explore lagi kitorang masuk.

    @Sungai Congkak, fadli kena baling batu dengan pontianak @ langsuir…hehehe…

  3. Fie-Nuts says:


    No it's not cool because it sounds so scary okay! If I was there, I would have already peed in my pants I think. Either that or I would have already run off. Lol.

    Sometimes at certain hours it's good to just keep quiet and and and and enjoy the scenery! Glad nothing stranger happened to you guys ya.

  4. phat_lee says:

    hahaha… that's because they scared of us…

    actually ada jugak. we went to Batu Feringghi night market, and otw back we suggested to lepak at Gurney Drive. during our way back to the hotel, one of my friend start singing old Malay songs. me and my other friend dah start diam and meremang.

    sebelah Paradise Sandy Beach, there's an open parking. lepas park, fadli turun kereta and there's something big coming to me and my friends. ada pokok besar yang dah mati, and that thing terus sorok behind that tree…

    me and my friend dah diam, x toleh belakang.but my friend yang sang old Malay song tu asik duk ketawa…yang ladies la gelak kuat2, yang lelaki diam jalan depan, without toleh belakang. masa tu pukul 3-4 pagi…

    cool rite?hehehe…

  5. Fie-Nuts says:

    Is it? So the place was okay for you? How come we had 'friendly spirits' approaching us? Lol.

  6. phat_lee says:

    Paradise Sandy Beach Resort…cool… went there for treasure hunting…layan snooker.

  7. Fie-Nuts says:

    Hi Mak Dara,

    Thanks for the compliment & for the vote! I'm not sure though I should I vote you back for the Worse Blog of the Year category. I don't know why they created this category in the first place! But you're being such a sport about it. Respect!

  8. Nice entry indeed..

    btw i just voted for you for Worlds Bloggers And Social Media Awards 2012.. All the best ya… =)

    Plsssss vote me back for THE WORST BLOG OF THE YEAR @ “click vote di link ye Thank youuuu =)

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